22 Aug 2018

China’s Xi says internet must be ‘clean and righteous’

Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the internet must be “clean and righteous” as the government continues to censor content for political, pornographic, satirical, violent, and other non-permitted content across blogs, live-streams, and other platforms. In 2017, the government shut down 128,000 websites for containing “harmful” information. Many foreign news

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21 Aug 2018

China’s ‘Private Army’ prowls the ‘New Silk Road’

“It has been described as China’s ‘Private Army.’ Fueled by growing demand from domestic companies involved in the multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, independent security groups are expanding in the country. In 2013, there were 4,000-registered firms, employing more than 4.3 million personnel. By 2017, the figure had jumped to

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21 Aug 2018

China shifts to Iranian tankers ahead of oil import ban

China, the largest importer of Iranian oil, has stated that it will not comply with U.S. demands to reduce its imports from the country ahead of the November deadline. The U.S. move has prompted other important like India, Japan, and South Korea to negotiate with Washington and make concessions, but

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21 Aug 2018

China is hacking the same countries it trades with

Experts have begun to connect Chinese cyber campaign patterns with its Belt and Road Initiative projects. “If you take that map of the Belt and Road effort you will also find a pattern of cyber operations,” said one former NSA director. “Regional governments along these [Belt and Road] trade routes

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21 Aug 2018

Beijing still battling crypto after ‘biggest ever’ $90 million Bitcoin heist

Three suspects were arrested for the theft of $90 million in Bitcoin by hacking computers belonging to both individuals and companies. China continues to fight an uphill struggle against cryptocurrency operations in the country as users skirt and ignore its regulations and bans, policies that provincial and local law enforcement

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21 Aug 2018

Russian military on alert for massive war games with China and Mongolia, largest since Soviet period

Russia is gearing up for its largest war-games since 1981, exercises that will also include China and Mongolia. The size and scope of the drills highlight Moscow’s increased emphasis on military exercises and ties with China as partners opposing the “unipolar world” under U.S. domination. The drills will span the

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20 Aug 2018

Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

From 2010 to 2012, China was able to dismantle significant portions of the CIA’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected spies. It now appears that problems in and hacks of the CIA’s communications systems led to China’s penetration of the network. The system itself had been

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20 Aug 2018

Confucius Institute closed at US university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses

The University of North Florida announced the closure of the Chinese-run Confucius Institute, citing nonalignment with the mission and goals of the university. Politicians on both sides of the isle have criticized the Institute as an effort by China to expand political influence in U.S. universities and enable censorship of

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17 Aug 2018

DOD: Chinese bombers likely training for strikes against US targets

The Pentagon has indicated that China may be training for strikes against U.S. targets as its bombers continue to increase their activity and range. The increase in this area is likely part of China’s efforts to communicate their improved capabilities and regional intentions. The DOD reported to Congress that the

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14 Aug 2018

Spending speed bumps hit China’s massive Belt and Road project

“It was always going to be about the numbers. In the first half of 2018, China’s foreign direct investment in the Belt and Road Initiative dropped 15% compared to the same period last year. Spending edged down to US$7.68 billion, which was 12.3% of total FDI from January to June,

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